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Are you ready for a brand new ‘Du?”

In it’s fifth year, the Pagosa Duathlon has a new course for race enthusiasts to endure on Saturday, July 9.

With a more self-supported bike section, it’s you, the wind, the trees and all the other racers battling for first on fast, rugged and dusty trails.

Doesn’t it make your heart pound just thinking about it? It’s a guaranteed thriller!

The action starts off with our young athletes’ fun race — the Mini-Du. Kids will shoot off that start line for a one-mile run and then hop on their bikes for two miles. The Mini-Du course is all on Turkey Springs Road, so any kiddo with wheels can ride. The race gun for the Mini-Du goes off at 8 a.m. Everyone’s a winner at the Mini-Du.

Then on to our Full and Half Duathlons, starting promptly at 8:30 a.m., with the race debriefing at the start line minutes before the fun begins.

Athletes racing in the Half Duathlon begin with a three-mile run, finishing fast after a seven-mile bike ride. Full Duathloners will run the same three-mile loop twice, ending with a 12-mile bike ride. Race start and finish lines are at the junction of Monument Park and Turkey Springs roads, off Piedra Road (CR 600).

As usual, you are able to enter the Full or Half Duathlons in the individual divisions (men or women) or as a ‘Du’o — one runner, one mountain biker. If you need help finding a teammate, we can match one of similar ability for you.

This year’s course promises more action, with more single-track racing through the aspen groves, grassy fields and rocky logging roads of the Brockover Mesa and Newt Jack regions. The course incorporates all levels of athletes. Beginners to the elite racers will fully enjoy this year’s event.

Though early registration has ended, you can still register online at www.ACTIVE.com, or download the form on our website at www.ACVAP.org. Onsite registration will be available the morning of the race.

With all racers in and refueled with some food, the awards ceremony and prize drawings will complete the race day. Lots of great prizes and lots of great fun are to be had at the Pagosa Duathlon! Of course, no race is complete without the support of our spectators! Whether you are racing or watching, come enjoy a beautiful morning in the pristine San Juan Mountains with us.

For course maps, bike directions, registration forms, and driving directions go to www.ACVAP.org or call Carmen at 264-9075. We will see you at the start.

All proceeds benefit the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, a nonprofit organization who promotes the belief that all people have the right to live free from violence by providing support and advocacy services for victims and education for youth and our community. Trained advocates provide 24-hour comprehensive services to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to keep themselves and their dependents safe and empower each to heal, move forward and be free from harm.

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